The Thriving Communities Fund supports local voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise projects that bring together place-based partnerships to improve and increase the range and reach of available social prescribing community activities – especially for those people most impacted by COVID-19 and health inequalities.

Partnerships supported by the fund are coming together to plan and deliver community activities involving partners from:

  • the arts, heritage, creativity and culture
  • sport
  • nature
  • financial wellbeing
  • community advice
  • and the wider voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector.

Funded activities will increase social connectedness and help communities cope with the impact of COVID19. By working with those communities most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including Black, Asian and ethnically diverse communities, the projects we will fund will help to:

  • strengthen the range of social prescribing activities offered locally
  • enhance collaboration and networking between local organisations
  • enable social prescribing link workers to connect people to more creative community activities and services.

This Fund, totalling £1.8 million has been made possible by funding from the National Academy for Social Prescribing, Arts Council England, Natural England and Historic England, with support from NHS England and NHS Improvement, Sport England, the Office for Civil Society, the Money & Pensions Service and NHS Charities Together. Arts Council England are administering the fund on behalf of this partnership.

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